Which is Hyundai's mission for Rally Mexico, according to Abiteboul?

The team principal of Hyundai Motorsport, Cyril Abiteboul, says that the mission of his team is to continue its good performance on rough gravel rallies and believes that they are able to win in Mexico considering the experience of his drivers.

The Alzenau-based team performs very well on rough gravel rallies such as Rally Mexico and this fact can be proved by the results that the team got in Sardinia. Since 2016, the Koreans have won five times this event with Thierry Neuville, Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo while Sebastien Ogier claimed the first victory of Toyota there in 2021, but his victory came after two Hyundai drivers retired due to rear suspension damage.

Rally Mexico will be held this weekend with the Shakedown session starting on Thursday. This iconic gravel event returns to World Rally Championship after a two-year absence from the calendar due to COVID-19 pandemic and it will be a challenge for the crews and the teams due to the conditions (high altitude, high temperatures).

"After one mainly tarmac event and another on snow and ice, we now take on gravel for the first time this season", Abiteboul said. 

"The team performed very well on this surface last season, so we are on a mission to continue that in 2023. 

"All three drivers have experience of Rally México and the effects of the heat and high altitude on both themselves and their cars. 

"This year will offer a different challenge, as this is the first time the new hybrid power units will run during the event, so we have an opportunity to find a competitive edge with our set-up. 

"The crews are feeling confident, as am I, so we should be able to target our first victory in Mexico".

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